Transfer Orientation

Welcome to UIS.  We are so glad you chose our University!

We know you have been to another college or university already, but Transfer Orientation is a great way to get acquainted with the University of Illinois Springfield campus and our students, staff and faculty. Our transfer orientation will help you to become more knowledgeable of what UIS has to offer and make your transition to the UIS campus much easier.

Students attending classes at the University’s Peoria Center or participating exclusively online are not required to attend Orientation on the Springfield campus.

* Undergraduate International Students transferring to UIS from another college or university in the United States are considered Transfer Students. Undergraduate Transfer International Students will be attending the New International Student Check-in and Orientation programs coordinated by the Office of International Student Services, and the Transfer Student Welcome. Please visit International Student Services for more information on the their programs, visa information, and other required paperwork.  

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For Students Admitted to the Summer and Fall 2016 Semesters

We are holding one Transfer/Graduate Student Orientation session for students admitted to the summer semester, on April 11.  Summer classes begin June 6.  This session will also be open to students who are admitted to the fall semester who have been accepted to UIS.  Students admitted to the fall semester can also select from the June, July, and August session. See the schedules below for starting times.  Only new students who have been admitted to UIS can participate in this program.  We also encourage our new students to bring up to two family members or guests with them so they can learn more about UIS. You can register for this session using the link below.

If you have any difficulties with the link contact our office during business hours at 217/206-8181 or email us at UISOrientation@uis.edu.

Registration for our Transfer/Graduate Orientation is now open. Click here for online form.

 

Schedule for April 11 (summer and fall 2016 admits), August 19 (last session for fall 2016 admits), and November 14 (spring 2017 admits)

4-5:30 p.m.     Check-in, PAC Concourse Lobby, Teardrop Entrance

4-5:30 p.m.     Taking Care of Business: last chance advising for transfers, register for classes, get your i-Card, meet with Financial Assistance Counselor, pick up parking passes if you ordered online (August and January session only), drop off immunization form and records, get student insurance/waiver information, set up any additional payers, or take a campus tour. Refreshments will be available.

4-5:30 p.m.     Campus Opportunities Fair: Meet representatives from campus departments and learn more about their programs, services, or resources available.

5:30-6:30 p.m.     Prairie Star Welcome and Presentations:

  • Welcome from New Student Orientation & Parent Relations
  • Financial Aid
  • USFSCO Customer Service Office
  • I-Card, Meal Plans, and Campus Cash

6:30-7 p.m.     Office of Advising Services, Information & Support Academic Overview for Transfer Students.

Schedule for June 16 (fall 2016 admits), July 20 (fall 2016 admits) and January 10 (last session for spring 2017 admits)

1:30-3 p.m.     Check-in, PAC Concourse Lobby, Teardrop Entrance

1:30-3 p.m.     Taking Care of Business: last chance advising for transfers, register for classes, get your i-Card, meet with Financial Assistance Counselor, pick up parking passes if you ordered online (August and January session only), drop off immunization form and records, get student insurance/waiver information, set up any additional payers, or take a campus tour. Refreshments will be available.

1:30-3 p.m.     Campus Opportunities Fair: Meet representatives from campus departments and learn more about their programs, services, or resources available.

3-4 p.m.     Prairie Star Welcome and Presentations:

  • Welcome from New Student Orientation & Parent Relations
  • Financial Aid
  • USFSCO Customer Service Office
  • I-Card, Meal Plans, and Campus Cash

4-4:30 p.m.     Office of Advising Services, Information & Support Academic Overview for Transfer Students.

 

Advising

Last Chance Advising during Transfer Orientation is for quick, follow-up questions and not meant to replace a more in-depth advising session with an academic advisor.  There will be a limited number of advisors available and there may be a wait for some college advisors because of the demand for some majors and programs. Students should contact their advisor for more in-depth advising before attending orientation.

Where to Go for Advising

Students who have 60 or more Transfer hours accepted by UIS should contact their college advising office to meet or speak with an advisor before your transfer session. See the A-Z directory listing to find your department webpage and contact information.

Students who will have fewer than 60 Transfer credits accepted by UIS should contact the Office of Advising Services, Information, and Support (OASIS) to meet or speak with an advisor before your Transfer Orientation Sessions see http://www.uis.edu/advising/ for more information.

*Please note, students transferring fewer than 30 hours are considered freshmen and required to attend first-year orientations: KickStart & Launch Week.

Getting to Campus:  Driving Directions

Parking – Lot C is the closest to the PAC Teardrop Entrance.  Please reference the Visitors and Residential Student Parking map link for further details. 

Things to Bring to Orientation

  • Government Issued ID: Passport, Driver’s License, State ID (if you do not have a driver’s license) for your i-Card;
  • Proof of Immunization (Completed Immunization From and copies of records);
  • Degree Audit Report (DARs)  – in case you have a last minute question for advisors;
  • Notes on what classes you should register for based on your advisor’s recommendations;
  • Cash in case you want to eat in the Food Emporium Dining Hall (we are providing refreshments, but you might want something more).
  • See the Transfer Student Checklist for items that you need to accomplish as a new student.  Please read this carefully, some items have deadlines and students can face financial penalties if they are not done by the deadline.

Students or Family Members with Disabilities

Should you need accommodations during orientation please indicate this on your registration form or contact our office at least three weeks before your Orientation Session if we need to schedule sign language or Spanish-language interpreters.


Fall 2016 Students Moving Into On-Campus Residence Halls, Apartments and Townhomes

Transfer Students who are moving into UIS’s on-campus residence halls, townhouses, or apartments can get their keys from the Department of Residence Life at the Homer L. Butler Commons (aka Housing Commons, building 20 on the campus map) beginning Friday, August 19 from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.


 For Students Admitted to the Spring 2017 Semester (January)

Registration for the November and January sessions is available above. You have to have been admitted to the university in order to register for orientation.


For Students Admitted to the Summer and Fall 2017 Semesters

We will have dates posted in our Future Orientation Dates page in early October for Summer/Fall 2017 Orientation program dates.